4. Algorithms and Intelligence in Art After Aesthetics – human/non-human creativity, intelligence, communication, and cosmic stupidity

We are still in the early stages of the journey set by Duchamp of augmenting intelligence through and within Art. His interest in the Science of his time and in particular that of the 4th dimension of space-time, led him to re-establish art as an intellectual practice and moved art thinking from its focus on visual aesthetics, beyond the retinal, and onto the ‘idea’, the concept of the work. From the Conceptual to the Cognitive, from the Modern to the Postmodern, from the human to the post-human, we continue to create, build mimetic machines, systems and processes to emulate our thinking towards autopoiesis and a higher AI. However, there are limits to state-of-the- art AI that separate it from human-like intelligence. Humans can learn and remember a new skill, and develop it, but current AI algorithms are poor at retaining previous knowledge for re-use and self-improvement.

The Arts and creative practice is the means by which we might better know ourselves and our world. When put together with the factual findings of the Sciences and advances within Artificial General Intelligence we can consider a future life to counter any dystopian view that has arisen from our (questionable) Lacanian death-drive towards cosmic stupidity. C.P Snow’s Two Cultures (Sciences and Humanities) are perhaps synthesized via Science-Fictions where what we can think up eventually occurs and the hopeful search for extraterrestrial communication continues.  But to what extent can art practice and appreciation lift us out of any downward curve and halt its seemingly collective self-destructive tendency of our species? Creativity is the key – i’ts what humans are good at. If used well, could it advance the aesthetics of thought and senses and shift our intelligence towards a greater goal?

For this call we welcome papers and presentations expounding the condition of art and creative practice from those interested in post-Duchampian ideas of cerebral art, machine thinking, critical algorithmic practice, Seti, the plastic brain, and the radical social consequences of machine learning and AI.

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